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About the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

In addition to meeting regularly with you in a one-on-one and small group setting, your academic mentor will serve as a knowledgeable and experienced guide and resource, a trusted ally and advocate, and a caring role model to you. Your mentor is someone whose advice and encouragement you will seek regarding decisions about classes, majors, academic difficulties, and personal problems (by recommending you to meet with the appropriate outside sources).

To remain eligible for the 24/7 online tutoring service through TutorMe and to maximize the benefits and effectiveness of this mentoring relationship, we ask that you commit to this relationship for at least one full semester and meet regularly with your assigned mentor throughout the semester.

What Your Academic Mentor Does

  • Your mentor will meet with you weekly or biweekly, for 15 to 30 minutes each time.
  • Your mentor will complete an individualized success plan (ISP) with you at the beginning of each semester.
  • Your mentor is here to assist and motivate you.
  • Your academic mentor will make every effort to keep a flexible and open schedule for you within reason. 
  • Your academic mentor is available for mentoring and advice on your college career.
  • Your academic mentor will help you work through various problems by connecting you with the appropriate resources. 
  • Your academic mentor can help you learn how to study, take notes, and prepare for an exam or quiz. Ask your mentor about study methods and additional resources.
  • Your academic mentor and you must be punctual for appointments and respect each other’s time.
  • Your academic mentor will keep you updated on how many reward points you have accumulated. 

What Your Academic Mentor Does Not Do

  • Your academic mentor cannot meet with you at the last minute. Your mentor is a full-time student as well and cannot always reschedule at a specific time. (48 hours of prior notice is needed.) 
  • Your academic mentor will not complete assignments for you or tell you what to write for papers.
  • Your academic mentor will help you, but your meetings are not a substitute for your regular homework and study time. 
  • Your academic mentor will not push on with a session if you feel unwell or are finding it hard to focus, but you are responsible for letting your mentor know how you feel.
  • Your academic mentor cannot meet with students who are not Mentoring for Success Program participants and who do not meet our funding agency’s eligibility requirements. 
  • Your academic mentor is not a teacher or a supplemental instruction (SI) leader and does not know what your instructor has said in lectures.
  • Your academic mentor does not necessarily know every detail of the material and each chapter of the text. Your mentor will not know what your professor will put on quizzes and exams.

How Is a Mentor Different From a Tutor?

  • Long-term relationship and commitment.
  • Goals focused on overall development; tutoring may happen during mentoring.
  • Intervention may not always be reparative, remedial, or problem-focused.

Source: MENTOR National

Tips for Making the Most of Mentoring

  1. Meet regularly at the same time and place for your sessions. Each session should be 15 to 30 minutes long.
  2. Meet in a public place that is conducive to learning, such as the library and other common study areas around campus.
  3. Come prepared with questions.
  4. Call your academic mentor (rather than email) at least one hour in advance if a meeting needs to be cancelled. 
  5. Let your academic mentor know in advance if you would like to add an extra session that week so your mentor can set aside some additional times.